How to Get Rid of Gas and Bloating

Are you one of those people who feels like you are always filled with gas and bloating? O maybe you wake up in the morning and feel fine, but then bloat up during the day. Either way, with a little knowledge and some new strategies, it is possible to find ways to beat the bloat and get rid of the gas.

As you know experiencing excessive amounts of gas, bloating, and flatulence can have a significant negative impact on your life. It can be embarrassing, it may influence what kinds of clothes you can wear, and perhaps even cause you to avoid activities that you might enjoy.

You may find reassurance in the fact that this is not an unsolvable problem.You owe it to yourself to directly address these symptoms rather than just struggle in shame and silence. This comprehensive guide will help you to become an expert on what causes gas and bloating, as well as learn what can be done so that you are not so gassy all of the time. 

Causes of Gas and Bloating

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Your first step is to learn why your body may be giving you so much trouble in this area. Educating yourself about the factors that contribute to intestinal gas and bloating can help you to figure out what changes that you can make to resolve this embarrassing state of affairs. 

The primary cause of intestinal gas is that which is released when the bacteria in your large intestine interacts with carbohydrates that are not well-digested. Some of this fermentation process is actually health-enhancing. It is when too much fermentation is going on that you may decide that it is a problem.

Another contributor to intestinal gas is swallowed air. Take a moment to think about some of your habits. Do you tend to eat or drink quickly? Do you chew gum or frequently suck on hard candies? Do you drink a lot of carbonated beverages? Are you a smoker (cigarettes, cigars, pipes)? All of these habits can cause you to take too much air into your digestive tract.

One last possible contributor to excess intestinal gas is poorly fitted dentures.

Foods That Can Cause Gas

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As stated above, certain foods contain substances which are poorly digested. This means that their components are not absorbed into the bloodstream during the process of digestion. These components are therefore available to be fermented by intestinal bacteria, causing intestinal gas and bloat. This fermentation is actually good for our health, but it can become a problem when there is too much of it going on.

The following types of carbohydrates can be a problem for some people:

How would you know if these foods are a problem for you? You could ask your doctor about taking a breath test for malabsorption or you could try an elimination diet for a short period of time, followed by a reintroduction to see if your symptoms return.

There are definitely foods that are more likely to cause gas - many of them are healthy vegetables and fruits. Because such foods are good for you, you might want to eat them regularly, but skip them on days that you particularly want to be gas-free (like a job interview or first date!) On those occasions, you may want to choose foods that are less likely to give you gas, such as foods that are predominantly protein.

Self-Care Strategies

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Reducing gas and bloating is not just about changing what you eat. Sometimes you need to make some simple behavioral changes. Here are some things you can try:

  • Use heat. A heating pad or hot water bottle can help to relax the muscles responsible for movement within your large intestine. This may help to move any trapped gas out of your system.
  • If you believe that constipation is contributing to your gas and bloating problem, you could use a laxative to get things moving. (If you experience chronic constipation, you should bring this to the attention of your physician.)
  • Move your body. Walking or some simple yoga twists may help to ease trapped gas.
  • Sip some tea. Fennel tea in particular has a reputation for easing gas and bloating.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

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Your drugstore will offer you a variety of remedies designed to reduce gas and bloating. Simethicone products, such as Gas-X, may bring about quick relief, although they may not work for everyone.

If you find that your gas and bloating is worse after eating beans or certain vegetables, you may find that Beano can be helpful.

If you are lactose intolerant, a lactase supplement, such as Lactaid, may help you to enjoy small amounts of dairy products without experiencing symptoms of excessive gassiness or other abdominal distress.

Probiotics are supplements that may help to treat the underlying cause of your excessive gassiness by theoretically fostering a more optimal balance of your gut bacteria

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